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Handout, Improvements to the Iris Center, Parks & Recreation Administrative Offices~ c^.`~.r ' ~ r~~~ ~ '~~ y~i January 29, 2001 ~ ~... MEMORANDUM TO: Pazks and Recreation Advisory Board FROM: Chris Dropinsld, Director Ken Ramsey, Supenntendent, Pazks Planning and Construchon SUBJECT: Improvements to the Iris Center (Parks and Recreation Administrative Offces) The Facilitaes and Asset Management (FAl~ office in the City ofBoulder is undertakuig a project ~ at the Iris Center to install a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (I3VAC) system, provide energy and securiry improvements to the buildmg and construct/improve additional office space in the basement of the building This prDject began only as an upgrade to the HVAC system, however it grew as a result of secunty issues that have been razsed for City buildings, and a need to provide office space for Park and Recreat~on employees displaced from the ranger cottage by the final agreement for the Mountain Parks/Open Space issue, temporary relocation of some staff from the North Boulder Recreation Center and other demands The need to deal with all of these items as one comprehensive project has been idenrified When the City acquired the Ins Center in 1990, remodeled the uptazrs offices and moved Pazks and Recreahon &om the downtown campus in the fall of 1991, rt was with the intention of only remaimng in the building for 2 or 3 years The cunent office space does not meet the City standazds. Expectations are that the offices will remain at the Iris Center for a minimum of 2 years FAM has identified this lazger project as a means to address these long standing issues with the building and Park and Recreation Department staff supports it as a high pnonty (The basement remodel is Phase 1, and m the future the department will need to further consider remodeling the upstairs if occupancy will be tonger than 2 yeazs ) The project has been idenrified as a$375,000 remodel ofwhich $125,000 is for the ~.TVAC system FAM has identified $250,000 in its budget but needs an additional $125,000 from Pazks and Recreation to move forwazd with the project Because of the priority, Pazks and Recreation staff~s suggesting that $125,000 from the $1,200,000 idenhfied for the Mountain Oceans ~-- ~ purchase (cunently appropriated) be used to complete funding needs for the project. As Boazd members aze awaze, the $1,200,000 for Mountain Oceans has been unspent and carried over from ~` previous years because they have been unable to find another site/building The $1,200,000 does " not represent current expectations regarding how much the purchase of the building might be if and when an agreement/contract to purchase is ironed out. Subject to any feedback from the Pazks and Recreation Advisory Board, staff will proceed to identify $125,000 from the Mountain Oceans project to help £und the Iris Center renovation ~ ~ ~